Here’s my list of the three greatest artists of all time.

Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali was a Spanish artist who lived from 1904 to 1989 and was arguably the greatest Surrealist artist. Why is Salvador Dali famous? He is a painter known as being eccentric. He wed Gala, his dearly loved muse, who is a subject found ina lot of his paintings. It is projected that Dali has painted in excessof 1,500 pieces. On top of this, Dali also produced some experimental film making, writing and sculpting. He also produced, along with Walt Disney, an animated short called Destino. Prior to his death, Dali tried his hand in fashion, ballet, advertising illustrations, jewelry, opera.

Dali was repeatedly at odds in the company of other affiliates of the “official” Surrealist assembly. This group of artists habitually disliked the essence of his paintings. Moreover, his conservative views were detested as well. In 1934, he was kicked out of the “official” Surrealist circle.

Dali was known to paint everyday objects in out-of-the-ordinary ways. Frequent symbols found in his paintings include eggs, clocks, ants and elephants. Dali’s most famous work came to be The Persistence of Memory, which he painted in 1931. This painting gave us the initial emergence of the “soft watch” also known as melting clocks. Dali used this as a symbol for the human fixation of the nature
of time positioned in opposition to people.

An American art dealer brokered The Persistence of Memory. The broker, Julien Levy, had counseled Dali at the onset – that this paining, in all probability, would not sell. However, it sold and in next to no time was found in New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Surrealism was soon linked with Dali by the American people and because of this he graced the cover of Time Magazine in 1963.

The Persistence of Memory has returned to New York’s Museum of Modern Art and can be found there at the current time. The Disintegration of The Persistence of Memory is the follow-up work to
this painting and was completed by Dali in 1954. This follow-up painting is currently housed in St. Petersburg, Florida at The Salvador Dali Museum. His other paintings are shown in public art galleries and museums around the world.

Van Gogh

Vincent Willem van Gogh , born on March 30th 1853 in Zundert Netherlands, was a great Dutch painter, a skill he inherited from his mother Anna Cornelia Carbentus who also loved to paint.Van Gogh took up painting in 1881 with some of his early work being on still life and some laborers. As time went by, his work developed to incorporate new approaches to still life arts as well as local landscapes which made him popular during his stay in Arles, France.

During this period, Van gogh became obsessed with art that he neglected his physical health spending all his resources on paint.Spending too much time on art he started suffering from psychological as well as physical illness. The illness was so serious that his brother, Theo, got so worried that he contracted Paul Gaugin to watch over van Gogh.Van Gogh’s psychological health deteriorated to an extent that the residents of Arles came to an agreement that Van Gogh was dangerous which made van gogh to relocate to the St Paul Asylum in St Remy.

Here he took up painting again and was called to exhibit his paintings in brussels where he exhibited great works like the “Irises” which is rated one of the most expensive arts in the world at $53.9 million dollars.On the year 1890, Van Gogh discharged himself from St Paul and got under the care of Dr.Paul Gachet. However, his psychological illness got to its peak on July 27 1890 when he used a loaded pistol and shot himself on the chest, sustained internal injuries and passed on two days later on July 29 1890 at 37 years of age.

During his life time Van Gogh has completed more than 2000 works of paint with some of his paintings ranking among world’s most expensive paintings like his portrait of Dr.Gachet which sold at 82.5 million dollars.

Pablo Picasso

“He can who thinks he can, and he can’t who thinks he can’t. This is an inexorable, indisputable law” Pablo (also Pablito) Diego Jose Fransisco de(of) Paula Juan Nepomuceno Maria de(of) los Remedios Cipriano de(of) la Santisima Trinidad Ruiz y(and) Picasso. Yes, believe it or not, the above is the series of names Pablo Picasso was given on his baptism in honor of certain saints and relatives.

So who exactly is Pablo Picasso? Born on the 25th of October 1881, Picasso was a renowned Spanish painter, sculptor, poet, ceramist, playwright et cetera of the 20th century whose famous artworks include Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, Asleep, Seated Woman (Marie-Therese), Three Musicians among many others. Maria Picasso the wife to Jose Ruiz bore their firstborn child Picasso, in Malaga, a city in the Andalusian territory.

Picasso’s father Don Jose was a painter who for a long time worked as a curator at a local museum and professionally taught art at the School of Crafts. “piz, piz” these, as stated by his mother, were the first words Picasso uttered; piz is short for lapiz, Spanish for pencil. At age seven, Picasso officially began to study art under his father’s training.

The year 1891 had them move from Malaga to A Coruna, where his father got a job as an art professor at the School of Arts. However, they only stayed there for close to 4 years and moved to Barcelona following the death of Picasso’s sister in 1895. She was only 7 years old when she died of diphtheria. His father got a position in the area’s School of Arts where at age 13, Picasso passed the advanced class entrance exam having completed it in a week beating the usual one month other students took.

In his early teens, Picasso’s father and uncle sent young Picasso to Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid’s then leading art school. Picasso dropped out soon after joining as he had issues with been given instructions and was distracted by Madrid’s vast activities. His stay in Madrid and interactions, some which influenced his life negatively, played a huge role in molding Picasso into the artist history remembers him as.